In his State of the Union address in January, President Trump outlined his new immigration program, which included a merit-based component:
It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.
But just six months later, he told House Republicans that they should quit wasting their time on it. Even now, no merit-based policies have been issued. What is more, highly skilled immigrants have found it more difficult to get or renew an H-1B visa, and the Administration is ending other visa programs.
So few immigrants are being permitted to stay in this country based on merit. And few or no immigrants may be entering the U.S., regardless of merit, where other visa programs have ended. What more could be done to curb immigration?
Our answer came just a few days ago. President Trump announced that he will issue an executive order that will end birthright citizenship. That right grants citizenship to anyone born in the United States. Continue reading